Nature Viewing

Choose from the following to find a site: Owl in tree near Raco Area


Hiawatha National Forest is rich in wildlife, including 312 species known to live within the Hiawatha National Forest region.

Eleven federally Threatened or Endangered species are known to occur within the Forest, including: Gray Wolf, Canada Lynx, Great Lakes Piping Plover, Kirtland's Warbler, Bald Eagle, Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, Lakeside Daisy, Pitcher's Thistle, Dwarf Lake Iris, Hart's-tongue Fern, and Houghton's Goldenrod.

The Hiawatha National Forest, with its many lakes, swamps, forests and fields, provides ideal habitat for many species of birds. Over 250 species of birds use the Hiawatha, either when migrating through the area, as summer or winter range, or as permanent residents.

You'll find numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in nature on the Hiawatha.  Below are a couple ideas for getting started. 

  • Birding is a popular passtime among many outdoor enthusiasts, including kids.  Get started with birding at the AuTrain Songbird Trail near Munising.  Follow this link to the Upper Peninsula Birding Checklist.
  • Wildflowers provide another great opportunity to connect with nature -- and they don't move as much as birds do, so they might be an appealing starting point!  Here is a brochure about common wildflowers of the Upper Peninsula by season.
  • Monarch Migration



Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities